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Definition of fortify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fortify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fortify
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it fortifies
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple fortified
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle fortified
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form fortifying
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːtɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrtɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1fortify something (against somebody/something) to make a place more able to resist attack, especially by building high walls a fortified town They fortified the area against attack.
  2. 2fortify somebody/yourself (against somebody/something) to make somebody/yourself feel stronger, braver, etc. He fortified himself against the cold with a hot drink. Although fortified by its election success, the government remains cautious in its policies.
  3. 3to make a feeling or an attitude stronger The news merely fortified their determination.
  4. 4fortify something (with something) to increase the strength or quality of food or drink by adding something to it Sherry is fortified wine (= wine with extra alcohol added). cereal fortified with extra vitamins
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from French fortifier, from late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis ‘strong’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fortify